MIT released blockhain-based diplomas

Over 100 graduates of Massachusetts Institute of Technology received blockchain-based digital diplomas
21 October 2017   1487

More than one hundred graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) received digital diplomas issued using blockchain of Bitcoin. This is reported by CoinDesk.

As representatives of the university explained, the Blockcerts Wallet application was used to issue "verified" and "counterfeit" digital versions of diplomas. The software project also involved Learning Machine, which last year, in conjunction with the Laboratory of Media Lab Massachusetts Institute of Technology was developing an open standard called Blockcerts.

From the beginning, one of our primary motivations has been to empower students to be the curators of their own credentials. This pilot makes it possible for them to have ownership of their records and be able to share them in a secure way, with whomever they choose.
 

Mary Callahan
Registrar and senior associate dean, MIT

According to representatives of the Learning Machine, MIT - one of the first universities in the world that issued education documents using the technology of the distributed registry.

People can own and use their official records, which is a fundamental shift.
 

Chris Jagers
Co-founder and CEO, Learning Machine

According to him, security provided by blockhain is much more important than other aspects, such as speed, costs or ease of use.

It should be noted, however, that the diploma itself is not kept in the blockchain - the system only provides a timestamp, which indicates that MIT has created a digital record for a particular certificate. At the same time, these data are enough to allow graduates of the university to confirm the diploma availability in the future.

Binance Singapore Unit to Apply For License

Under the new law, aimed at regulating crypto paymetns and trading, firms must register with the Monetary Authority to receive a license
17 February 2020   260

Binance, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange unit, has applied for a license under the new Payment Services Act, which entered into force on January 28.

We have already applied. We submitted the application pretty fast. Binance’s Singapore entity has been in close touch with the local regulators, and they have always been open-minded.

 

Changpeng Zhao

Founder and CEO, Binance

Under the new law, crypto companies in Singapore must register with the Monetary Authority and receive one of three licenses: an exchange of money, a standard or large payment institution. The measure is aimed at regulating payments and crypto trading using requirements for participants in the traditional finance industry. Zhao did not specify which of the licenses Binance Singapore chose.

Binance has been offering crypto-fiat trading services in Singapore since April 2019 and works with eight coins, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. The trading platform is supported by Vertex Venture Holdings, a venture division of Singapore's Temasek Holdings.